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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The first documented Wolf to be killed in Kansas since 1905 was shot by Coyote hunters in December of last year.................The US Fish & Wildlife folks confirmed it was a wolf.............Source of the Wolf(whether from the Great Lakes or the Rockies) is currently undetermined

Wolf killed in Kansas first in more than a century

Male wolf killed by coyote hunters

When coyote hunters killed a wolf-like animal in December, they thought it was too big to be a coyote. They were right.
Coyote hunters in northwest Kansas killed a large male canine that weighed more than 80 pounds, more than twice as much as a large coyote.
The hunters called the local Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game warden, who contacted U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents. The USFWS confirmed through tissue testing that the animal was a full-blooded Great Lakes gray wolf.
Because wolves are still on the threatened species list for Kansas, the matter was turned over to the USFWS. Agents then took tissue samples for testing. While uncommon, there are wolf-dog hybrids available through the pet trade, and many of those hybrids are indistinguishable from full-blooded wolves by appearance.
This is the first documented wolf in Kansas since 1905. There have been several wolves killed in Missouri, most recently this past November when a deer hunter shot what he thought was a coyote. That animal, which tested as a full-blooded wolf, weighed 81 pounds.
Officials still would like to know how this wolf ended up in Kansas. However, questions about its origin may be difficult to answer.

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